Doraville, GA, April 15, 2016 – The Post Reports – The Friends of the Doraville Library (FODL) will be installing the City’s first Little Free Library, continuing their legacy of promoting literacy and the love of reading. On Saturday, April 23, in front of Forest Fleming Arena at Honeysuckle Park, FODL will hold a ceremonial installation at 10 a.m.
According to the FODL, the Little Free Library (LFL) program has become an international phenomenon since its inception in 2009 and today there are over 36,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing millions of books annually.
The new Doraville LFL is a joint effort by FODL and the Cross Keys Foundation. FODL purchased the library and the Foundation built the small freestanding structure that will house the books. At a time when government spending for learning and literacy programs is being cut, LFL’s provide an opportunity to promote free access to books, in essence providing an additional easily accessible outlet for literacy promotion reaching beyond the bookshelves of the local Doraville library.
How does it work? The LFL kiosk is stocked with donated books and participants can opt to “take a book, leave a book” using the honor system. Once the borrowed book has been read, the reader can return it to the kiosk for someone else to read and then take another book and so on. With many youngsters visiting Honeysuckle Park for summer activities, that seemed like a great location for this first effort.
“We are excited about the LFL installation and note that it is the “first” one in Doraville because we hope to add others over time,” says FODL leader Susan Fraysee. “We hope to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations by providing this popular form of curbside literacy.”
Fraysee added that the Doraville LFL would not have been possible without the combined efforts of many people.
“We are grateful for the support and leadership of Kim Gocke of the Cross Keys Foundation and it’s Little Free Library program; Tammy Henry, Director of the Doraville Public Library; the Friends of the Doraville Public Library; Mayor Donna Pittman; City Manager Dr. Shawn Gillen; Director of Parks and Recreation and Public Works Rip Robertson and everyone else who has been supportive during the years we have been considering this project. We are also grateful to all the people who have donated books to the FODL for our annual FODL Book Sale, which will be used to re-stock this Little Free Library as needed.”
- What: Friends of Doraville Library Little Free Library Ceremony
- When: Saturday, April 23, 10:00 AM
- Where: Forest Fleming Arena at Honeysuckle Park, 3037 Pleasant Valley Drive